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Performance, Choreography, Learning and Participation, Project and Events producing and project management, Dance Development, Film, Community Engagement, Podcast and Public Speaking,and Networking.
"Tuckshop was my nickname at school, and I'm holding on to that. I want to share my story and empower others to do so." Lauren Tucker
Lauren Tucker is a millennial dance artist based in the UK. She has recently formed a new company, Tuckshop Dance Theatre in 2016, with an ambitious vision to create high quality dance theatre and digital exports for young audiences. She makes creative work, performs, facilitates learning to take place, and develops opportunities for dance and people in the Northwest.
In education and training, Lauren went to Hilbre High School, Liverpool Community College, Liverpool John Moores, and continued her training through 12 Degrees North Dance Company (2-12-2015). She also has a Diploma To Teach In The Lifelong Learning Sector from Liverpool Hope University. Lauren works with a diverse range of people, in a diverse range of settings across a wide range of art forms.
As a performer, Lauren has performed in her own solo work and in works by Gary Clarke (A solo for Ludus Dance- Light Up Lancaster, SENSES at Dance Base, Take It To The Hub, Capstone Theatre), Antonia Grove, Filip Van Huffell, Alesandra Seutin, James Wilton, Joseph Raey Reid, Kate Cox and Maria (Stealing Sheep- MIF), dt.Ellipsis, Kate Jackson, Bettina Carpi, Lisi Perry, Taciturn Dance, Ithalia Forel, Movema, George Adams, Le Petit Mort , and Charlene Kaliyate.
In 2014, Lauren began exploring Aerial Theatre with Wired Aerial Theatre through the Plumb Project supported by Leftcoast. Since then Lauren has enjoyed learning Vertical Wall and Bungee Assisted Dance. In 2019, Lauren worked with Wired Aerial Theatre to film a VICE documentary and became a qualified bungee workout instructor.
“Lauren’s solo work was a wonderful demonstration of personal investment into an idea as well as portraying the strength of the solo female in dance. I strongly believe that Lauren has the potential to become a leading figure for the dance sector in the North West and should continue her growth.”
Gary Clarke - Gary Clarke UK
Most recently, Lauren has been funded to make ‘Neverland’ an interactive, immersive and inter-disciplinary performance using dance and digital technology, for young people and families. The work will explore digital identity and youth culture and it will be shown in libraries, youth friendly spaces and online. This work is supported by Arts Council England, Cheshire Dance, Cheshire West and Chester Libraries and Wired Aerial Theatre. Partners involved in this project also include Storyhouse, Liverpool John Moores University, Creative Youth Development Wirral and Action Transport Theatre.
After a successful research and development process, Lauren is interested in developing the work to create a visually spectacular, immersive installation piece that lives on social media, with narrative fed through social media channels before, during and after the show. Lauren wants to use phase two, to reach more young people through her research and to give audiences more control of the outcomes of the performance, using digital media. Audiences are invited to capture the work and share their own perspectives of the work online and Lauren will eventually create a digital exhibition that celebrates community engagement and digital culture' #makingneverland'
Lauren has been making work since 2008, and made her own work as a site based performance with 12 Dancers at the Kazimier, in a collaborative work with dt.Ellipsis. Lauren started making work as an artist in residence at MDI through their residence programme in 2011. Lauren created a solo work that was originally commissioned by 12 Degrees North with mentorship from Gary Clarke, and gained continued support through MDI, Moving Dance Forward, The Garrick Trust and Northern Dances- Dance City, Yorkshire Dance, Contact Theatre, Tilt at The Kazimier.
In 2018, made a live piece of dance a duet, a trio and ensemble piece that integrated community dancers in to the work ‘Flamingos’ commissioned for Chester Zoo, as part of Cheshire Dance’s Super Senses Project. www.cheshiredance.org/Zoo%20Wild%20Worlds/index.html
From October 2015- October 2019 Lauren worked as a dance development artist for Cheshire Dance. Lauren is currently on Dance Consortia North West's Mentoring Programme. Lauren facilitates learning, participation and creative experiences in community and education settings with anybody and every body. Lauren has worked with MDI, Movema, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre to facilitate meaningful dance experiences.
"I work with a real desire to work collaboratively to make a positive impact within the sector and contribute to dance development." Lauren Tucker
Lauren loves working with young people and emerging artists in her creative pursuits and has made work with Homegrown Youth Dance Company (U Dance 2019, Dancing Stories at Chester Cathedral, Now Dance), Centre Pointe Youth Dance Company (U Dance Nationals 2017, U Dance 2018, Lancashire Youth Dance Festival) and Encompass Collective.
Lauren has worked in Further Education, a range of Higher Education Institutions in the NW, Secondary and Primary Schools. She fully supports and advocates for cultural Education the #BACCFORTHEFUTURE campaign. In 2018-2019 Lauren worked with Curious Minds on their CASE (Culture and Arts Schools Experts) Fellowship Programme.
Through her work with Tuckshop Dance Theatre, Lauren is becoming increasingly interested in dance, young people and change, and has a desire to further develop her creative practice through physical and virtual play.
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"I found dance at a young age and it played a huge part in giving me a voice, shaping my values as an active citizen and to make sense of the world around me. It allows me to continue to explore my interests, who I am and what I want to express, and how I want to share it with the world. I go to work to share movement and creative experiences with others, to move people and be moved through creating space for interactive dialogue. I value conversation, collaboration and collective impact." Lauren Tucker